Marshall 76, East Carolina 62

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Markel Humphrey had 24 points and eight rebounds and Marshall never trailed in a 76-62 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night.

The Thundering Herd (13-15, 5-8 Conference USA) jumped out to a 14-2 lead and a 39-28 halftime margin.

The closest the Pirates (13-14, 5-9) could get was eight points at 40-32 with 18:03 left.

Because Marshall also defeated East Carolina 72-64 on Jan. 10, the sweep gives the Thundering Herd the league tiebreaker over the Pirates, who have lost three games in a row and four of five.

Chris Lutz added 15 points for Marshall and Shaquille Johnson and Tirrell Baines had 12 apiece.

Chad Wynn led the Pirates with 16 points, Darrius Morrow had 15 and James Legan added 10. Sam Hinnant, East Carolina's leading scorer, was held to six points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field.